The physiotherapists at Kids Care Physiotherapy have extensive experience in treating paediatric clients of all ages with a large variety of conditions.
All our physiotherapists are university trained and registered with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia which requires them to work within statutory guidelines. They regularly attend professional development lectures and conferences to ensure they are familiar with the latest research and evidence-based approach.
Elizabeth Hornsby, nee Vetter – Physiotherapist – BPhty
Liz Hornsby is the founder and director of Kids Care Physiotherapy and has over 30 years of experience in paediatric physiotherapy.
Liz has extensive experience in assessment and management of children of all ages and is passionate about working with children to enable them to reach their potential by delivering evidence-based therapy. She has a special interest in orthopaedic conditions such as structural clubfeet and lower limb alignment and postural issues, neurological and developmental issues including at risk babies or those who have had premature births and school aged children with pain associated with hypermobility.
She completed a Pilates Instructor Training Course in 2003 and has since used this technique with children and youth for training core stability and improved posture as part of individual treatment programs or in small classes.
From 2008 -2013 she was a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) Queensland National Paediatric Group (NPG) Committee and was the Queensland Representative on the NPG from 2009 – 2013. More recently she was on the Scientific Committee for the 2021 APA National Conference.
Liz completed her physiotherapy degree at The University of Queensland and returned in 2016 to commence research and is currently a PhD Candidate and member of the Children’s Motor Control Research Collaboration (CMCRC) researching the ‘Impact of a Pilates intervention on Children with Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder’. Liz has presented the results of her research and published at a national and international level and is passionate about researching clinically relevant topics that can be translated into clinical practice to improve the outcomes of physiotherapy practice for children.
Liz has four children and loves swimming, gardening and travelling on holidays to the beach or new destinations either in Australia or overseas.
Julie Uhlmann – Physiotherapist – BPhty
Julie brings a wealth of knowledge to Kids Care Physiotherapy with over 25 years of clinical experience in paediatric physiotherapy, having worked in hospital, community and private practice settings.
Julie has considerable experience in the treatment of developmental delay, unusual or abnormal walking patterns (e.g. pigeon toeing or toe walking), balance or co-ordination difficulties, babies with torticollis or head shape issues, bowel and bladder problems, respiratory illnesses (e.g. bronchomalacia or bronchiectasis) and musculoskeletal or orthopaedic issues (e.g. injury, hypermobility or biomechanical issues). Julie has been involved with playing and coaching for a number of sports over the years, in particular netball, hockey and water polo. She believes that injury prevention, not just injury rehabilitation is very important.
As a physiotherapist Julie brings together a range of approaches and techniques gained from attending professional development seminars and courses, conducting literature reviews, peer mentoring and being involved in research projects. Julie was involved in a research study that used interferential machines to assist children diagnosed with slow transit constipation.
Over the years Julie has also provided clinical supervision to physiotherapy students and has been involved in the production of training packages for allied health professionals working in the areas of children’s continence, respiratory management and orthopaedic interventions.
Julie has two children and enjoys gardening, cooking, playing the piano and bushwalking.
Laurie Wellings – Physiotherapist – BPhty
Laurie has accumulated over 20 years experience in paediatric physiotherapy enjoying the opportunity to work at a broad range of paediatric centres in both Canada, Sydney and Brisbane.
Laurie has developed substantial experience in orthopaedic, musculoskeletal and developmental conditions gained from working in both tertiary paediatric hospitals and also in the community. She enjoys working with children of all ages and diagnostic conditions and has a particular interest in infants and toddlers with developmental delays.
As a keen advocate for evidence- based practice, she has been involved as a research assistant in several studies over the years involving a variety of conditions such as skeletal and hypermobility syndromes, clubfoot and burns. Currently she is involved in a a research project to determine the validity of a Targeted Motor Screening Tool (TMS) with the Neurosensory Motor Developmental Assessment (NSMDA) amongst children 3-5 years of age. If demonstrated to be valid, the TMS would be recommended for use amongst children prior to school to identify those who need specific interventions.
Laurie has two girls and the family loves to return to Canada to ski and visit family.
Jemma Duffy – Physiotherapist – BPhty
Jemma has worked since graduation in the field of paediatrics with a variety of complex conditions.
Jemma is experienced in working with neuromuscular, neurological and neurodevelopmental disorders in multi-disciplinary teams and is passionate in providing a holistic approach and working with children and their families to help them achieve their goals. Jemma is also particularly interested in managing a variety of orthopaedic conditions such as musculoskeletal pain, poor posture and reduced muscle strength as well as rehabilitation of injuries and surgical interventions to promptly return children to their regular physical activity.
Jemma is passionate about ongoing education and is on the committee of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) Queensland Paediatric Group as well as the Queensland Paediatric Physiotherapy Clinical Network (QPPCN). She graduated from The University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) and is currently completing her Master of Advanced Paediatric Physiotherapy Practice through Monash University.
Jemma loves to keep active with running and Pilates and enjoys travelling to the coastlines of Australia and other countries overseas.